Ollie Wines keen to repay faith shown by Port Adelaide
Port Adelaide vice captain Ollie Wines revealed he was “never stressed” about re-signing with the club after penning a four-year extension last month.
Wines weighed up a number of offers from clubs in his home state of Victoria before re-committing with the Power, citing his relationship with head coach Ken Hinkley as one of the key drivers behind the decision.
“Kenny has been with me for my entire AFL career and he was the coach who drafted me,” the star midfielder told Afternoons.
“I was his first draft pick as a senior coach and I guess we share a little bond throughout the journey – not just as a footballer but as a person. He understood the fears my parents had of me moving away (from Echuca in Victoria).
“I wanted to play on under him as coach and repay the faith.”
The 23-year-old, who has averaged 26 touches this season, said he’d “love” to stay at the club for the entirety of his career despite more players assessing their options in the modern market.
“Clubs are always looking after themselves and players are getting moved everywhere,” Wines said.
“I’d love to be a one club player if it worked out like that. I’ve learnt to love this club and the history behind it and having my name on the locker after 100 games is a privilege.”
All-Australian ruckman Paddy Ryder faces up to a month on the sidelines with a hip-flexor injury but Wines was confident the team would be able to cover his loss in the coming weeks.
“We battled a year without Paddy when he was suspended and there’s no denying he’s an enormous player for us,” he said.
“He’s one of, if not the important players in our team so hopefully it’s only one week at this stage but if it happens to be more, we’re more than confident we’ve got guys in the reserves that can come in or we can Charlie Dixon and Justin Westhoff take the role in the ruck.
“We’ve got full faith in them.”
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